Protecting over 4000 homes with our High Clearance Trench Box

  • Project Hessle Foreshore Flood Defence Scheme
  • Principal Contractor Interserve
  • Project Lead Phil Ash, Technical Sales
  • Key Benefit Time saving with increased under-strut clearance
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Following years of devastation from regular flooding of the River Humber, Interserve were commissioned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build a 700m flood defence retaining glass and concrete wall along the river’s embankment.

Protecting over 4000 homes over the next 50 years, the wall will minimise the risk of flooding from the effects of tidal surges as part of a wider flood defence operation across Yorkshire and Hull.


To construct the base of the wall, the contactors needed shoring equipment that was wide enough for construction but quick and easy to install. MGF’s Senior Designer for the project specified our High Clearance Trench Box for the job.

A continuous run of three high clearance trench boxes enabled contractor Ashcourt Contracts a total 24m supported length and 4m width to construct the base of the wall.

It was found that the boxes would be more suitable than a sheets and frames option as it sped up the installation process for the site team but maintained the clearance required to accommodate the shuttering for the concrete pour.

Whilst the element of the work requiring our High Clearance Trench Box is complete, the site is continuing to complete the works and has continued to use MGF trench boxes.

We’re really happy with the solution MGF have provided for us. Communication from our first point of contact to completion of the installation with MGF was great and the solution provided will not only be effective but has been time-efficient too.

Chris Yeadon, Head of Civil Engineering, Ashcourt Contracts